We were told that James would experience more swelling within the first 24 hours. However, the next day the swelling went down. To me, the news was promising.
The moments of the next week are a little blurry, but at the same time I remember so much. Hard to capture in words. For now, I found an email that I sent after the first week...
Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2009 1:33 AMSubject: Prayer
Thank you for your emails and most of all for your prayers.
It has been an awful week. A rollercoaster. But today was amazing.
James is not on many of the medicines now...They say the less bags you see hanging, the better...He had around 25 and now has around 5, I believe...He still has tubes in his mouth, but he is breathing on his own today....He is not sedated...and he is moving around a lot. He opens his eyes some when asked, and he is giving a thumbs up and wiggling his toes (with both sides) for us. Funny story...When Karrilee asked him to move his thumbs she said "Wiggle for me" but didn't say the thumb. He wiggled his whole body.
We are so thankful for what God is doing. Thank you for praying and praying. Today was a very different Friday from last Friday.
Even in the worst of times, we knew God was holding us...holding James...
Dale and Karrilee are holding up well. The Bremner and Landers have done a lot of crying and even laughing together this week. And our family and friends, near and far, are so precious. The support has been incredible and a blessing. Thank you.
Thank you for continuing to pray for James.
Thank you for praying for us.
Thank you for praying for his friends.
That first night Aunt Wendy (Dale's sister...a nurse manager...and she has been incredible) and I stayed with Dale and Karrilee through the night. Karrilee and I sang for about an hour. James was probably rolling his eyes. ;0) We sang carols and hymns and choruses....I think we put in Old time rock and roll too. ;0) One song we sang was He's got the whole world in His hands but we sang "He's got James Percy in His hands"... and when I could I would sing this old chorus to him through the week...God will make a way where there seems to be no way. He works in ways we cannot see. He will make a way for (you). He will be (your) guide. Hold (you) closely to His side. With love and strength for each new day He will make way. He will make a way.
He has been with us through it all.
Thank you for praying and praying.